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'Dad's Army' military show to raise funds for hospital

ALISON O'RIORDAN

Published 16/05/2010 | 05:00

The tranquillity of a hospital is the last place anyone would expect to resemble a war zone overrun with military vehicles.

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However, Leopardstown Park Hospital in south Dublin, home to 60 war veterans, is to be transformed over the June bank holiday weekend into a two-day military vehicle and re-enactment show called Dad's Army in aid of the hospital.

War re-enactors -- dressed as Romans, Vikings, Napoleonic and American Civil War fighters as well as First and Second World War soldiers -- will take part in this 'living history' weekend.

The event marks the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 66th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

The military vehicles on display -- including tanks, jeeps, armoured personnel carriers, artillery tractors and hummers -- will be largely representative of the Second World War but will include hardware used in the Gulf War. In addition, vehicle exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions from history lovers. There will also be war memorabilia on sale for avid collectors, and ration-type food available.

Leopardstown Park Hospital was established in 1917 as a hospital and home for the care and treatment of soldiers who were disabled or injured in the British armed forces.

However, an agreement between the British and Irish governments means the hospital is now HSE-funded.

Further information on the event is available from Jane Curtin on (087) 938-0779.

Sunday Independent

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